Mel Rayski-Mati grew up in the UK where she fell under the spell of metal and all its possibilities whilst working in Special Effects. It was the imagination of the film crews and their ability to create anything that was required that made an indelible impression.
Nearly twenty years on and Mel is still enamoured of how a metal so strong can be bent, rolled and forged into objects of such finesse and beauty.
When you visit Mel in her studio the first thing that strikes you is that sitting alongside the traditional blacksmiths tools of hammer, forge and anvil, is the likes of a plasma cutter and machinery that assist with bending, rolling and folding as well as the tools and jigs she has made herself.
In 2010 Mel travelled to Cambodia to study metal arts and broaden her skills. It is here that she learned the art of making gates, light fittings and wall art from many hundreds or even thousands of individual parts that would eventually create large scale images and beautiful patterns.
When you visit Mel’s studio you will be surprised by the versatility of her work, sculptural forms, wall art and utilitarian items such as mirrors often created from found objects and motifs of the natural world. Many of these beautiful works picturing scrolls, leaf forms and animals are suitable for indoor as well as outdoor use and are finished to a very high standard. With her skills growing every day there seems to be no limit to what she can create from steel and metal objects.